The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?

2. Socrates was, supposedly, inspired by which of the Athenian deities?

3. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?

4. During "The Apology," what does Socrates say about politicians and poets?

5. What does the term "epistemology" mean, in philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

2. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

3. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

4. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

5. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

6. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

7. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

8. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

9. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

10. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

When accused of blasphemy, Socrates insists that he was questioning the interpretation of the answer given to Chearephon by the Oracle of Delphi. What question did Chearephon ask? What answer was given to him by the Oracle? Why did Socrates find this response so difficult to believe? Do you think he was being truthful with his story about thinking the interpretation was incorrect? Why or why not? If not, what was his real reason for questioning the gods? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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